Sunday, November 23, 2014

Soda Rock

Address: 257 Toorak Road, South Yarra, VIC

Phone: 03 9827 3500

Opening Hours: SUN-THURS (10:00 AM – 10:00 PM),
                                 FRI – SAT (10:00 AM – 11:00 PM)

Staff: Helpful

Price: AUS$6-22

Crushing On: Cheese Burger and Vanilla Milk Shake

Crush Level: 6.5/10

Soda Rock is an American themed diner that specialises in burger. It was quite easy to find it, as the diner is located just in front of the tram stop.

That day I chose to eat the Cheeseburger ($7.95) because I was in the mood for something simple. The bun was more than sufficiently soft and the beef patty was seasoned goodly. It was unfortunate that I couldn’t taste the juiciness of the beef.
Cheese Burger ($7.95)
I also ordered the Vanilla Milkshake, which was thick and sweet in taste.

Vanilla Milkshake
My friend, Sherly, opted for the Two Tons of Fun ($10.95). It had a double beef patty, bacon, and cheese with smoky barbeque sauce, mayonnaise, and ketchup. She said that the burger was enjoyable but she wouldn’t say that it was that great.
Two Tons of Fun ($10.95)

The burgers here are good but not great. I must say I wouldn’t go from my home to South Yarra only for eating the burger.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mapo Grill

Address: 551 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9670 9559

Opening Hours: MON-FRI (11:30 AM - 2:30 PM),
              MON- SUN (5:30 PM – 1:00 AM)

Staff: Friendly and Helpful

Price: AUS$9-400

Crushing on: Beef Ribs

Crush Level: 7.5/10

My friends and I had agreed to have dinner at Suda, a new Korean restaurant with a twist in Healeys Lane. However, we were denied a table because it was booked for a party. Hence, we decided to dine in one Korean BBQ restaurant across.

Like at any other korean restaurants we were given complimentary banchan (korean side dishes) of kimchi, cold radish, seasoned bean sprout salad, and a big bowl of green salad. I only tried the kimchi and cold radish. The kimchi was spicy and sour as any other normal kimchi. The cold radish on the other hand was appetisingly sour.  
Banchan (Kimchi-Cold Radish-Beansprout Salad)
Green Salad
We decided to order several things to share. One was the ox tongue ($15.90). It was a bit on a disappointing side. Although the tongue was thin, it was too dry, hard bitten. 

OX Tongue ($15.90)
Next, we had the beef ribs ($24). It was beautifully tender. The delicious juiciness of the ribs combined with a pinch flavour of sweet and salt dancing in my mouth. Once I ate this, my stomach kept screaming for more.

Beef Ribs ($24)
Sauces (chili. sesame oil, soy)
Some of my friends, Dew and Rantong, ordered the cheese fire chicken ($19.90), which I didn’t dare to try because of its red spicy look even though it was topped with a generous amount of melted cheese. Lidia said that the sauce was nothing superb and she liked eating the cheese more.

Cheese Fire Chicken ($19.90)

Then, we had the tteokboki. The dish contained two fried dumplings, plenty rice cakes, 1 boiled egg, and (if I’m not mistaken) some fish cakes, drenched in a red sweet and spicy sauce. I only tasted the rice cake, which was precisely chewy and tasty so I don’t know how the others tasted.

Rice Cake 

Most of the food here were of standard quality. Though, the beef ribs was something to die for so I gave it a score of 7.5 out of 10. 

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